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Lehmann calls on Cech to ´get over´ Chelsea

Jens Lehmann has urged Petr Cech to sever his emotional ties to Chelsea after moving across London to join Arsenal.

Cech ended 11 decorated seasons at Stamford Bridge by joining Arsenal last month, citing a desire for regular first-team football having being usurped by Thibaut Courtois.

Former Germany international Lehmann played in goal when Arsenal famously won the 2003-04 Premier League title without losing a game and he said that making the switch between major rivals could be troubling for Cech.

“It’s not easy to suddenly go from Chelsea, where he has spent almost his whole career winning many trophies, to the other side of the capital with a rival,” Lehmann told The Sun.

“Before you can have it in your heart to win titles again, you have to get rid of the love you had before.

“At Chelsea, for Petr, it was his passion and he showed great commitment. But, as a professional, he needs to get over it and needs to know Arsenal want him to win things again for them.

“Yet, let me tell you, that is not an easy thing to get over psychologically. It can take a few weeks, even a few months.”

He added: With someone in there like Petr, with Per Mertesacker now as captain, they can re-establish this winning attitude and mentality.”

Sun 5 Jul, 2015
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